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Review: 2008 Saturn Astra XR

Enthusiasts here in the States have long wondered why they couldn't buy Ford and GM small cars from Europe, and at least part of the answer has been that Americans don't want to pay big bucks for premium small cars. Spiking gasoline prices have quelled that argument, and fuel economy is now towards the top of shoppers' lists when looking for a new car or truck. While Ford is still more than a year away from bringing over the Euro Focus and Fiesta, GM has made the cross-Atlantic jump by importing the Opel Astra to our shores. The Astra is a hot-selling hatch in Europe with high-end... Read More

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    REPORT: GM may let dealers sell remaining "non-core" vehicles as used with big discounts
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    You've seen the dealer commercials before. "Now is the time to buy.... year end sale!" Well, if you want the Pontiac or Saturn of your dreams, this really is the best ever time to deal because it's literally the last chance to get a new vehicle from these brands. The Wall Street Journal reports that General Motors is offering dealers $7,000 in cash for ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: Opel Astra makes its debut under the lights
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    By now, you've likely already seen official shots of the 2010 Opel Astra, both inside and out. Of course, catching a glimpse of a new shape under the harsh lighting of an auto show often brings a different point of view than the automaker's own glitzy press shots. In the case of the latest Astra, though, the new car looks nearly as fetching caught with ...

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    Opel pulls the wraps off the 2010 Astra's interior
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    Although we're still a few months away from seeing the 2010 Opel Astra in the flesh at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the automaker has released a bevy of interior images of its new compact hatch following the reveal of the fully redesigned exterior.The new interior takes a huge stride beyond the current model's drab yet functional environment, with upgraded ...

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    Confirmed: GM and Penske outline deal for Saturn - Aura, Vue, Outlook to live on
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    Confirming a report we posted on earlier today, General Motors has reached a preliminary agreement to handover the Saturn marque to the Penske Automotive Group. In GM's official statement after the jump, the automaker says that the memorandum of understanding would entitle Penske to the brand's 350+ dealerships, the rights to the name and its associated ...

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    Will be missed: outgoing Opel Astra Eco4 got 52 mpg (U.S.)
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    Now that the current version of the Astra is going to be replaced, perhaps it's time to remember the previous generation. This model didn't make it to the States but was quite popular in Europe. Back in 2002, and before the outburst of the "green" and "eco" labels, Opel was pioneering the "Eco" brand image. With the Opel Astra Eco4, it had a very ...

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    2010 Opel Astra revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut
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    Yesterday, the internet got an unexpected early sneak-peak of the new 2010 Opel/Vauxhall Astra. Now that the cat's out of the bag, GM of Europe has apparently decided it may as well let out all the pictures and details of the next-gen subcompact, which will be officially unveiled next September during the Frankfurt Motor Show. This is the sixth-generation ...

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    Officially Official: 2010 Opel Astra revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut
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    After yesterday's impromptu internet unveiling of the 2010 Opel Astra, General Motors has finally let the details out on its next-generation compact before its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.The 2010 Astra's design is inspired by the Opel Insignia, sporting all-new sheet metal that takes cues from its mid-size sibling and ...

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    Leaked: 2010 Opel Astra gets early web reveal
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    Opel's Astra hasn't exactly gone down a storm here in the U.S. while wearing a Saturn badge, but the four-cylinder econocar lineup is pivotal stuff in Europe, and the next-generation model could still find its way to America – even if it doesn't wear a planetary badge.Regardless of whether or not a stateside version is in the cards, the 2010 Astra ...

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    2010 Opel Astra hatch, GTC coupe and wagon revealed
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    What we have here are reported to be official renderings from General Motors of the next-generation Opel Astra line, including the hatchback, high-performance GTC model and wagon, or what the Europeans call the Estate. Due out in Europe as a 2010 model, the redesigned Astra will feature many design cues from the well received mid-size Insignia sedan, ...

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    Spy Shots: Is this the next Opel Astra?
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    Saturn's Astra has been something of a commercial non-starter stateside, but it remains a perennial favorite in Opel and Vauxhall guises in Europe. Thus, even with General Motors' touchy-feely brand on the rocks here at home, it's still a pivotal model overseas that warrants attention, even if we probably won't end up seeing it in America. Thankfully, ...

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    Vauxhall celelebrates BTCC domination with limited-edition VX Racing Corsa and Astra
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    Piloted by Fabrizio Giovanardi of the VX Racing, Vauxhall took all three golden trophies in last year's British Touring Car Championship (BTCC): driver, team, and manufacturer. To celebrate, Vauxhall is making 888 Corsa and Astra VX Racing Editions. The number of the run comes from the name of the race prep firm, Triple Eight Engineering.Each car will ...

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    Spy Shots: Next Vauxhall Astra caught in the buff
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    The next Opel/Vauxhall Astra – which may or may not make it to the States as a Saturn – has been caught outside General Motors' testing facility in Germany. The singular spy shot reveals a new greenhouse design, hatch, taillights and rear wing. The Opel Insignia's influence is apparent from the side, where the chunky creases of the current model ...

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    No 2009 Saturn Astra - too many 2008 models still available
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    Vehicle models have different life spans in different countries, and Americans are used to having new – or at least refreshed – cars pretty much every few years. One model that the U.S. will not be getting new in 2009 is the Saturn Astra. The reason is that Saturn still has a 139-day supply of the 2008 models. Canada will still get a 2009 ...

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    Saturn Astra goes away for 2009
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    If you've been looking to spec a new Astra like Autoblog reader ramirez8167, you may have noticed that you can't build or locate a 2009 model on Saturn's website. That's because there isn't one. With plenty of dealer stock on-hand for the slow-moving Opel-based hatch, General Motors has simply decided to sell through their existing inventory of 2008s ...

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    Rendered speculation: 2011 Opel/Vauxhall Astra
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    AutoExpress has produced a couple of renderings of what the next-generation Astra will look like for Opel and Vauxhall. The new compact lineup is set to debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale in Europe early next year. Unfortunately, it's looking increasingly likely that we won't be seeing this iteration coming to U.S. Saturn ...

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    Leakage: The new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
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    Leaks of new designs come from all over, and the source of this image is quite odd. It has appeared on a user forum of a Brazilian car magazine but shows the new generation of the Astra that GM Europe is getting ready. Now that its main competitors - VW with the Golf (Rabbit) and Renault with the Mégane - have finished their new revisions, GM must ...

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    Frankfurt 09 Preview: Opel releases teasers of the new Astra
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    click for a high res gallery of the teasersWe're still a month away from the Paris Motor Show which alternates every other year with the Frankfurt Motor Show. Nonetheless, GM has released some teaser images of the next-generation Astra which won't appear until Frankfurt in 2009. We've been seeing spy shots of the new Astra for some time now, but GM has ...

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    GM gives very early sneak peek at next-gen Astra
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    We just told you about Bob Lutz' comments that the Saturn Astra is too expensive and not making any money in the U.S., but that may change when the next iteration arrives. Of course, the next Astra will debut in Europe first as an Opel (and Vauxhall in the UK), but we suspect that GM will offer it in the U.S. again, especially if the automaker can build ...

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    Lutz: Saturn Astra too expensive, not profitable
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the 2008 Saturn Astra XRCar buyers here in the States are clamoring for fuel efficient transportation, but so far the Saturn Astra hasn't been on the top of buyers lists. The Astra is a smash hit in Europe and we liked it during its short stay in the Autoblog Garage, but it may just be too expensive compared to the ...

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    Vauxhall launches the Astra ecoFlex
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    Click for high-resolution pictures of the Astra ecoFlexGM's brand in the United Kingdom, Vauxhall, has launched the Astra Ecoflex version. As with the array of green signatures created by all European automakers (see: Bluemotion, Ecomotive, Eco2, Airdream...), the Vaxuhall Ecoflex takes a standard Astra, and greens up the base diesel engine while adding ...

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